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Westport’s history and present included in Calendars

Calendars will be sold as a fundraiser for the Fish and Game Club

Irwin Borden, Laura Pond, Alice Borden, Jim Westover and Ella Provost display different months of the “Westport we knew & know” calendar.

Irwin Borden, Laura Pond, Alice Borden, Jim Westover and Ella Provost display different months of the “Westport we knew & know” calendar. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— The Westport Fish and Game Club will be selling a piece of town history in their calendars for the annual fundraiser.

The calendars, The Westport We Knew & Know, will feature keepsake photos of different buildings and sites around town collected from community members and the town historian’s archives.

Sheila Borden, town clerk, said the club’s first calendars will be something for residents to keep instead of throw away once you flip the page on December.

“It’s quiet interesting, along with the pictures there will be a brief history and bio of the site,” Borden said.

The calendars will sell for $10 and will be available for sale at the Westport Fourth of July celebration July 7, at the Essex County Fair in August, through club members or at the Town Hall.

The calendar features a picture of the Westport Hotel and Tavern today coupled with a picture of the building in the late 1800’s. The Library building is also shown before and after with a sequence of three pictures dating 1889, 1907 and 2012. The former Lee Park restaurant is also featured for the month of March, with pictures of the restaurant that was demolished in 1978 for construction of James Bridge, named after the owners of the restaurant.

All proceeds will help benefit the Westport Fish and Game Club’s safety and educational programs and management of it’s facility.

Borden said the funds will go to several needed projects at the clubhouse, including restoration of the building due to Tropical Storm Irene damage, road construction to the rifle range, and the construction of a new wood shed.

For more information on where to purchase a calendar, contact Borden at 962-4419.

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